It seemed preordained that Robert Fairchild would one day play Jerry Mulligan, the World War II vet and expat artist portrayed by Gene Kelly in the 1951 film An American in Paris. “Without Gene Kelly, I wouldn’t be dancing,” says Fairchild, a principal at New York City Ballet. “In Singin’ in the Rain—my God, he’s incredible. I saw An American in Paris later on, and it’s the same magic.” Onstage, Fairchild—who started out doing jazz and tap before following his sister to ballet class—strongly calls to mind the Hollywood legend. “He’s handsome, slightly cheeky,” and has a “nonchalant, casual ease,” says Christopher Wheeldon
I got rhythm / I got music / I got my man / Who could ask for anything more? / I got daisies / in green pastures / I got my man / Who could ask for anything more? / Old man trouble / I don’t mind him / You won’t find him ‘round my door / I got starlight / I got sweet dreams / I got my man / Who could ask for anything more? /
If y’all are into ballet, the Anatomy of a Dance series from the New York Ballet is GREAT. They show a 2-3 minute clip of a ballet, with the featured dancer explaining what is going on throughout. This one, featuring dancer Justin Peck, is gorgeous, bc it’s not a style of ballet I’ve seen much of, and also as a choreographer Justin Peck has a great perspective (he didn’t do this choreo). My other favorite is a pair where Tyler Angle and Tiler Peck dissect the same pas de deux– you get Angle’s perspective, then Peck’s. It’s great, and not just because Tiler Peck is one of my favorite ballerinas.
And they’re all super short, so it’s a good way to give yourself a little pick me up on a friday afternoon!